Theatre stars in Dorset’s Architectural Heritage Week

To coincide with the UK’s Heritage Open Days festival, the hugely popular Dorset Architectural Heritage Week is set to return for its 26th consecutive year in September 2019.

The brand new programme, which contains details of all the properties taking part this year, has launched. And new for this year are tours of Bournemouth Pavilion, the town’s Grade II listed theatre and ballroom, which celebrated its ninetieth anniversary earlier this year.

With over 200 events, taking place across 64 different venues, the 2019 programme of events is a celebration of the finest architectural gems that Dorset has to offer, and every one of them is completely free.

There are a number of new events alongside several returning favourites from previous years, with water mills, museums, private houses, stately homes, cemeteries, town halls, churches and even a few air raid shelters.

Tours at Bournemouth Pavilion last an hour will take place on Friday 13 and Saturday 14 September at 10.30am. Visitors will be able to take a look around the 1929 Art-Deco building.

A guide will explain the architecture and history of the venue. The tour includes the stage and dressing rooms. Places are limited and booking essential.

“Throughout the year the Heritage Week team receives requests and suggestions of places to include in the programme, commented Ian Utley Events Manager for Dorset’s Architectural Heritage Week.

“Bournemouth Pavilion has cropped up several times in the last few years. Including this magnificent building in its 90th anniversary year seemed a perfect fit. We are very pleased the theatre’s operator BH Live has agreed to open its doors and include this wonderful venue in our 2019 programme of events. And judging by the number of people who have entered the ballot for tickets, the good people of Dorset are very pleased too!”

Steve Turner, BH Live’s Divisional General Manager added, “We are so pleased to be taking part in Dorset’s Architectural Heritage Week. Bournemouth Pavilion is a wonderful venue with a long history and many original features. We can’t wait to share some of our behind the scenes secrets and stories which have delighted and enthralled visitors and performers over the years.”

The full programme, including booking details for all events, is available at

More than 6,000 printed copies of the programme are also available from local libraries and Tourist Information centres throughout Dorset.


About Bournemouth Pavilion

Bournemouth Pavilion is operated by BH Live in partnership with BCP Council.

This Grade II listed venue opened in March 1929. It has a 1,500-seat theatre and full-sized ballroom. The venue hosts musicals, opera, ballet, pantomime, comedy, gala dinners, banquets, receptions, fairs, dances and fashion shows throughout the year.

Its facilities complement events at Bournemouth International Centre and for corporate presentations, product launches, and smaller conferences and exhibitions.

Bournemouth Pavilion is also home to Pavilion Dance South West and the Pavilion at AUB rehearsal and teaching space for the Arts University Bournemouth.

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About BH Live

BH Live is a leading operator of leisure and event venues; a social enterprise that designs and builds engaging experiences to inspire people and enrich lives.

With more than five million visits a year and £42 million turnover we are changing lives and are at the heart of the UK’s growing social economy.

In 2017/18 we had 4.5 million leisure centre attendances, hosted more than 500 events and sold over half a million cultural, sporting and entertainment event tickets. We also welcomed 59,000 conference and exhibition delegates.

This generated an estimated £53 million in local economic benefit.

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